Palm Beach Post recently ran an article “Miami’s port bets big on Panama Canal expansion”.
It was a good overview of the opportunities presented to East Coast ports resulting from the Panama Canal’s expansion. When the canal first announced their intention several years ago, it got the attention of all the ports along the East Coast.
Most ports can’t accommodate the megaships that the canal expansion envisions. Port of Miami was one of those. However, they were one of the first to not only plan on how to accommodate these ships, but also how to finance the needed infrastructure. They are the leader of the Florida ports.
One short sentence in the middle of the article piqued my interest: “As part of its (Port-Miami) three-pronged strategy to boast cargo … a rail link to the FEC rail yard … has been added.” You don’t read much about this except in industry publications. The journal Progressive Railroading had an article in April 2013 on the canal expansion and railroads. It stated: “Among railroads anticipating a bump in intermodal traffic (large containers) … , Florida East Coast Railway … FEC is working with Port-Miami and Port Everglades to build on-dock facilities … FEC execs view a big part of the railway’s strategy to grow intermodal traffic.” Quoted in the article, FEC President and CEO James Hertwig said, “We’re prepared to handle the cargo and we’ve got plenty of capacity.”
There was also a great comment by Julian
Barreling through Palm City, the locus of all opposition to rail transport.
It is a good thing Henry Flagler is not alive and in charge. He had little toleration for those who could not think clearly. He would likely shut the railroad down for a month, say January, and put everything on a truck thru Martin County so those who could not think clearly could feel the pain.
Are the people of Martin County so in love with SUVs and diesel trucks? Or do they think they can pass a law against people or goods traveling?? This is still a free country and you can oppose efficient transportation, clean transportation and insist on the freeway solution to everything, but you should really stay in Los Angeles awhile if that is the future you want for our county.